Preliminary Male Fertility Tests

Did you know that almost half of fertility problems affecting couples today are caused by male fertility factors? Did you know doctors will almost always recommend testing the male partner before the female one first in order to determine the cause of any fertility problems? 

This is because testing for male infertility factors is rather easy to do and preliminary male fertility tests are almost always unobtrusive procedures.  Learn more about the types of testing your doctor may do and take the fear out of the fertility testing process.  The more you know and understand the better you will feel.

Testing Semen

Male fertility tests are an integral part of treating fertility problems. Preliminary tests are a fundamental starting point of infertility diagnosis and are also central in establishing what male fertility treatment options will be most effective in individual cases.

One type of preliminary male fertility test that is semen analysis testing; this type of infertility test is also the most common male infertility test. During this procedure, a semen sample is collected and then analyzed in order to assess sperm health. Factors such as sperm motility (movement), sperm count and sperm morphology (shape and structure) can help to identify structural and movement problems with regard to sperm and can therefore offer important insight into the causes of male fertility problems.

Allergic To Sperm?

Another type of preliminary male fertility is an immunobead test; also used to assess female fertility, this test evaluates for the presence of antisperm antibodies, which are sperm allergies that can hinder conception. This type of fertility test assesses the class of antibodies present as well as their severity. An immunobead test can also identify the point of origin of these antibodies, determining whether they originate in the reproductive organs or the blood circulatory system.